Bears. Grizzly bears. Black bears. Sow with cubs. Yearlings on their own. A black took down a young elk this morning. I dragged the carcass away from the road once the bear was full. Still heavy, this bear was not starving, a good sign for those who stay bear aware. Yesterday I witnessed the birth of an elk, still alive today I sense, yet nothing is certain. Later that day, three black bears took down an elk nearby and ate it up with the coyotes feeding on the scraps. Grizzlies dot the Lamar Valley and one meandered through the residential area of the ranger station last week, their dens up the mountain to the south. People who practice common sense are nearly guaranteed safety.
Ways to increase your chances of bear attack: hike/camp alone, hike quietly with iPod, surprise a bear, approach cubs, compete with a bear for food, and stink from not staying showered up and clean.
Still, the fascinating beasts have their fans and it is the job of the rangers to keep the paparazzi free from maimings.